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    I know there's a "Space" thread, but this really deserves its own thread.
    40 years ago today, man first set foot on another heavenly body. Its been so long that time has dulled some of the wonder and amazement of this event.
    Imagine the testicular fortitude it took to climb into the equivalent of a medium-sized nuclear weapon and have it explode beneath you. People forget that the US did not have a stellar track record with their rockets. They had an annoying tendency to blow up right after launch.
    Yet the Apollo astronauts went for a ride anyway, knowing that NASA had exactly ONE good test flight before manning those rockets.

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    The combined computing power in Mission Control in Houston and the various computers aboard the Saturn V was less powerful than today's average digital watch?

    When Eagle landed on the Moon, they had exactly 16 seconds of fuel left?

    All that separated the astronaunts in the LM from certain immediate death was 1/32 inch of foil?

    I just get chills when I think of the bravery of those men, and the ingenuity of the NASA engineers who made it possible with that kind of primitive technology.
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    I get the biggest charge out of all this. I wasn't even around yet. But, Chris, you're right, these guys showed the world what tough is all about.

    Today, at the very least, should be a holiday. And Armstrong & Aldrin deserve their own days too.
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    Those early astronauts are freaking rock stars as far as I'm concerned. It amazes me how little run these guys get today as well as how little it seems we've done since then.

    The hubble is bad ass but I've always felt the space station has been very anti-climactic and that we haven't utilized the moon to the degree that perhaps we should be doing.

    By the way, for anyone who hasn't seen it, Ron Howard's Apollo 13 is a magnificent movie that does a great job of describing how incredible the guys at Nasa were, how inventive, resourceful, creative, intelligent and bad ass everyone was.

    There are scenes where those fuckers are doing higher level cal and physics with nothing but pencil, paper and slide rule and they're doing it faster than most of us could do regular math using a freaking calculator.
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    What gets me is when they do the rollout of the shuttle and you see how few doors have to be opened for the shuttle when compared to the Saturn V rockets.

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    An awesome achievement in human history. Just wish I were born a few years earlier that I might appreciate seeing it live on TV.


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    40 years ago this evening my parents let me stay up to witness this event. We were listening to it on the radio as well as watching it on tv. I'll never forget the sound as people went out to their cars and started honking their horns, cheering loudly at what had just taken place.

    There are a handful of worthwhile programs documenting this moment in history tonight. Check your local tv listings for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTheEdHead View Post
    I know there's a "Space" thread, but this really deserves its own thread.
    40 years ago today, man first set foot on another heavenly body. Its been so long that time has dulled some of the wonder and amazement of this event.
    Imagine the testicular fortitude it took to climb into the equivalent of a medium-sized nuclear weapon and have it explode beneath you. People forget that the US did not have a stellar track record with their rockets. They had an annoying tendency to blow up right after launch.
    Yet the Apollo astronauts went for a ride anyway, knowing that NASA had exactly ONE good test flight before manning those rockets.

    Did you know...

    The combined computing power in Mission Control in Houston and the various computers aboard the Saturn V was less powerful than today's average digital watch?

    When Eagle landed on the Moon, they had exactly 16 seconds of fuel left?

    All that separated the astronaunts in the LM from certain immediate death was 1/32 inch of foil?

    I just get chills when I think of the bravery of those men, and the ingenuity of the NASA engineers who made it possible with that kind of primitive technology.

    Great post.

    Love those little known facts you threw out there. We tend to take everything for granted these days and when it comes to technological advancements I think we've all become numb to what's going on around us, but when you look closely at what went into this mission it really makes you step back a bit in awe of what they did and when they did it.

    I was only 1 year old and obviously don't recall a thing about it, but if I could go back in time and witness any event in U.S. history this is right at the top. I can't imagine what that must have felt like being an adult of 1969 watching it all unfold on TV. Amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post

    I was only 1 year old and obviously don't recall a thing about it, but if I could go back in time and witness any event in U.S. history this is right at the top. I can't imagine what that must have felt like being an adult of 1969 watching it all unfold on TV. Amazing.
    I wasnt even a concept yet, but I know what you mean.

    Maybe we'll still be around to witness the first human landing on Mars, or better yet - the first faster-than-light launch of a space probe.
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    I wasnt even a concept yet, but I know what you mean.

    Maybe we'll still be around to witness the first human landing on Mars, or better yet - the first faster-than-light launch of a space probe.
    not at the rate we're going these days.

    With the infantile politics surrounding nasa and its funding, the loss of balls by the organization, the government and most of the people in the country, and the fact that the folks at NASA today simply aren't as hungry and passionate as they seemed to be in the 60s, I find today to be a great opportunity to think back at what was accomplished in just a few years, while having to invent everything as they went along and what little (in comparison) has be done since. It's a great opportunity for the country to have a little gut check moment and for our society to rally around bold exploration once again.

    Perhaps if the government opened up space to privately funded groups, we'd start seeing some true advancement in space exploration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    I wasnt even a concept yet, but I know what you mean.

    Maybe we'll still be around to witness the first human landing on Mars, or better yet - the first faster-than-light launch of a space probe.

    I agree there's more to come, but to state the obvious, 1969 was a different time and a much different country. That kind of pride and sense of accomplishment may never be felt so strongly and universally again like I imagine that moment was. Every single person glued to the TV all taking part in the same moment. Nowadays I just don't think that would happen. Damn shame, ya know?
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    not at the rate we're going these days.

    With the infantile politics surrounding nasa and its funding, the loss of balls by the organization, the government and most of the people in the country, and the fact that the folks at NASA today simply aren't as hungry and passionate as they seemed to be in the 60s, I find today to be a great opportunity to think back at what was accomplished in just a few years, while having to invent everything as they went along and what little (in comparison) has be done since. It's a great opportunity for the country to have a little gut check moment and for our society to rally around bold exploration once again.

    Perhaps if the government opened up space to privately funded groups, we'd start seeing some true advancement in space exploration.
    What's sad is it's like they are reinventing to wheel to get back to the moon again. Are there none of the engineers from back then they could have gone to for some help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    I agree there's more to come, but to state the obvious, 1969 was a different time and a much different country. That kind of pride and sense of accomplishment may never be felt so strongly and universally again like I imagine that moment was. Every single person glued to the TV all taking part in the same moment. Nowadays I just don't think that would happen. Damn shame, ya know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    I agree there's more to come, but to state the obvious, 1969 was a different time and a much different country. That kind of pride and sense of accomplishment may never be felt so strongly and universally again like I imagine that moment was. Every single person glued to the TV all taking part in the same moment. Nowadays I just don't think that would happen. Damn shame, ya know?
    I feel the same way about the hockey team in the 1980 Olympics, I didn't witness it firsthand. However when I hear about it I get a little sad because I don't think the pride and sense of patriotism would ever be as strong today. Think of how much greater the impact of Michael Phelps' victories may have been 25 years ago.

    Okay sorry for derailing the moon thread. I just found out that NASA hold's patents for 6,300 products, I thought that was pretty interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    40 years ago this evening my parents let me stay up to witness this event. We were listening to it on the radio as well as watching it on tv. I'll never forget the sound as people went out to their cars and started honking their horns, cheering loudly at what had just taken place.

    There are a handful of worthwhile programs documenting this moment in history tonight. Check your local tv listings for them.
    I do not remember the first one, but I do remember a later one after the rocket launch. We lived in southern Wisconsin and I was five or six. We all were standing outside later that night. I thought I saw the rocket flying. My Mom and Dad didn't tell me any different. I realize now that what I saw was a falling star, but at the time I couldn't quit telling people that I had seen the rocket flying!
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